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Mining ToniMorrison’s Lessons to a Black Woman Writer from a 2010 CHICAGO Visit
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Seven months earlier, her peer, MayaAngelou, had given a talk at stsabina, and I got to reverently seek her counsel afterward, ecstatic to scratch off my bucket list meeting one of my writing heroes.
Now — it was Oct. 20, 2010 — I was headed to the parkhyattchicago to interview the great Toni Morrison, another idol whose novels, like the late Angelou’s, had populated a journey to journalist.
As a black woman writer, you dream of sitting at feet of trailblazers like these, whose journeys to the pinnacle of writing careers were far from painless, unapologetic as they were in probing and exposing horrors of the black experience in America, slavery to JimCrow.
So after the Aug. 5 death of Morrison at 88, I furiously searched for notes from the wonderful afternoon I spent with one of the most provocative and respected novelists of the 21st century, when she visited here, invited by chicagopubliclibrary.
Ushered into her hotel room, I was riveted by the signature cascade of silver dreads reclining in the corner of a plush leather sofa, preparing for an “In Conversation” with oprah on her career that evening at the CarlSandburgLiteraryAwards Dinner.
We began with my stammering how I’d read all of her novels. She let me stammer on, as I told her how each of the novels had made me feel. Transported. Seen. The black struggle understood. And yet, uncomfortable, admonished